BJP Uttarakhand Transport Minister, his MLA son join Congress

New Delhi, Oct 12 (KMS):  In a jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the next year’s Uttarakhand assembly polls, state transport minister Yashpal Arya quit the saffron party and returned to the Congress along with his MLA son Sanjeev.

Yashpal Arya was the president of Uttarakhand Congress from 2007 to 2014. He had switched over to the BJP in 2017 ahead of the last assembly elections in Uttarakhand.

Arya and his son along with their supporters, joined the Congress in the presence of senior party leaders Harish Rawat, K C Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala at the party headquarters in the national capital.

Earlier in the day, they met former Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence.

“It is an important day for me as I have returned to my family. It is my ‘ghar wapsi’. There can’t be a happier day for me. I feel relieved after my return,” Arya said soon after joining the Congress.

Arya represents the Bajpur (SC) assembly constituency in the state. He earlier represented the Mukteshwar assembly constituency. He is a former speaker and was a minister in the Congress government led by Harish Rawat.